Q&A With LOMM

ARCADIAN HAZE INTERVIEW

LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?

 Tye:  We formed in 2017 in Barnsley; Tye & Nath (Co-lead vocalists) & John (guitar) worked together at Royal Mail and decided to form a band. Tye got Jamie in on Bass (they were in a previous band together) & John got Steve in on Drums (they were also previously in a band together) so we’re somewhat of a Barnsley supergroup!

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?

Tye: We never really earned anything from gigs anyway other than enough to pay for the night out which followed them! We finance the band by each putting a fair amount into a pot every month so that we can cover any costs that may occur.

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?

Tye: Yes definitely, we managed to record & release our debut EP whilst the restrictions were briefly lifted and also get the next EP wrote up and ready for when they’re lifted again!

LOMM: Tell us about your genre, what does it means to you, why did you choose this genre?

Tye: No one could pin us down to a specific genre so we coined it ‘Grit-Pop’. It’s indie and hip-hop/rap inspired so if you infused the sounds of The Stone Roses & The Streets you might be halfway there! We fell on the genre naturally as we all had different tastes in guitar music but a common found love for hip-hop.

LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?

John: it’s hard to put your finger on it precisely but there’s always a lot of back and forth between us when jamming, touting ideas with encouragement and honesty. We work a lot with feel and groove, if it feels good it’s worth chasing up and it kind of evolves organically into whatever it becomes. Jamming is like fishing, you got to cast your line in, stay afloat, and be ready for when something bites. You’ll catch a few tiddlers and sometimes the boat will capsize, but that’s half the fun. 

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? What aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?

John: Yes, very happy. I think we managed to nail the overall vibe and energy of the tunes we recorded. There’s always room for improvement but more on a personal level, like ‘well maybe I could’ve done that bit differently’ and so on. I feel it’s been a learning curve, and a really enjoyable one at that. 

LOMM: How has the overall reception been?

Tye: The receptions been great our day 1 fans keep spreading the word and introducing more wonderful people to our music and then the ones who have got on board since the release of the EP have been equally as excited and supportive of our latest release… they’re all really eager to see us play live again.

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?

Tye: No we haven’t been on a tour as such yet however we’ve played lots of different cities in short spaces of time but mainly in close proximity of our base so Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster, Manchester etc. It’s very tough for us not to be playing live, it’s what we live for, our bread and butter.

LOMM: What is the next step for you? How is the future looking?

Tye: It’s just a waiting game at the minute to be honest, as soon as we can we’re going to get on with EP number 2 and tour it but in the meantime we’ll continue to promote our Debut EP ‘Love on the Dole’.

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?

Tye: I genuinely feel as if we’re one of the only bands writing good honest lyrics that the average working class man can relate to. The themes and concepts generally represent the true feelings and events that go off in mine and my co-songwriter’s (Nathan) heads/lives.

LOMM: Who is composing the songs?

Tye: The musicians compose the songs by jamming, one of them will come up with an interesting riff, groove or baseline and they’ll just work from that; me and Nathan will then start singing or rapping some words that we’ve either already wrote up or straight off the cuff that fit with the melody the band have come up with.

LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?

Tye: There’s way too many to mention but to list a few I’ll go with The Streets, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & Happy Monday’s.

LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?

Tye: they’re both equally as exciting I think and they’re both a welcome change from the other when they come about.

LOMM: What first got you into music?

John: For me music was just part and parcel of family life, I grew up loving Thin Lizzy, AC-DC, Rush and Iron Maiden basically guitar rock and I was lucky to have two older brothers who would always introduce me to cool music. 

LOMM: What do you like the best about being a musician? And what is it that you do not like much?

John: The best thing is sharing the joy of creating something unique with your band and no one can ever take that away from you. There’s not much I don’t like about it to be fair. I suppose there are frustrations sometimes, usually due to lack of funds and equipment. 

LOMM: If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing? 

John: it’s unimaginable, but who knows I might have gone to university and studied something useful to humanity like business and law and selling insurance. 

LOMM: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

John: Invest more in the future, support venues, festivals, community studios and the people who genuinely love being involved in music on a local level who are always up against it. Get more people into music for the love and appreciation of the holistic benefits of it, instead of chasing the money and churning out absolute tripe that will sell loads to people who don’t really care about anything outside their own front door and then pretending that that somehow is what it’s all about. I dunno, maybe I’m an outlier in that respect. 

LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?

John: I think a healthy respect for both is where it’s at. It’s a brave person who would second guess what people will like and dislike, on the flip side I wouldn’t want to disregard the potential audience and become totally self-indulgent. Obviously you want people to enjoy your music, but our music has to be on our terms and be honest and true to ourselves first and foremost. 

LOMM: What is the most memorable gig that you have played to date?

Tye: For me it’s still our first ever gig at Record Junkee back in April 2019, to have worked on a small set of tunes for the best part of 2 years and see the crowd bouncing a long to them is such a rewarding feeling.

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

Tye: It’s got to be recording and releasing our debut EP ‘Love on the Dole’ with the guys at The Animal Farm, it’s been a great experience from the first day we met them and we continue to learn so much about how to go forward as a band.

LOMM: Who would you like to collaborate with?

Tye: Mike Skinner, as mentioned above he’s a massive influence for me personally and I really think his style would suit our tunes.

LOMM: Who would you like to go on a tour with?

Tye: Liam Gallagher, proper Rock ‘n’ Roll plus me and him could discuss all things Manchester City backstage.

LOMM: If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose? Tell us why.

Tye: Glastonbury. It’s the one I’ve been brought up watching on the tele and the only one I haven’t been to, I’ve always said I won’t go until I play there!

LOMM: Name some of your all-time favourite albums? Include controversial ones.

Tye: The Smiths – Queen is Dead, The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & The Lash, The Beautiful South – Welcome to The Beautiful South, Dr Dre – 2001.

John Kate Bush – Hounds of Love, Neil Young – After the Goldrush, Sly & The Family Stone – Fresh, Joni Mitchell – Shadows & Light, Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed.

LOMM: What does your collection look like? Mostly Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Digital? A bit of everything? A total mess?

Tye: It’s mainly CDs and a total mess as I took them into work to share with the staff and they’ve totally ruined them, scandalous! Although they’d argue it serves me right for tossing some of their shit albums down the yard…

LOMM: What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Tye: Were from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, the towns full of talent and 1 or 2 really good quirky venues, however if you want a proper music scene Sheffield’s leaps and bounds ahead.

LOMM: You can invite 5 people to a dinner party, from the future, the past, rock stars, a movie characters, you name it. Who are you having dinner with?

Tye: Diego Maradonna, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela & JFK… stick to the dead as I’ve still got ambitions of meeting the ones still with us.

LOMM: What is your weirdest memory in your music career?

Tye: It as to be a gig we played at The Peer Hat in Manchester on a random cold Monday night in January 2020. The lineup and audience was so diverse but we loved it!

LOMM: What is the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Tye: A sore head from a boot being thrown on stage!

LOMM: If you had one message to your fans, what would it be?

John: Thank you for your support, it is always very much appreciated. 

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